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Swede Beaten at Greco-Roman Worlds

October 4, 2003

CRETEIL, France (AP) _ Sweden’s Aza Abrahamian failed in his bid for a third straight world crown Saturday, losing 2-0 in overtime to Israel’s Gocha Ziziashvilly in the 185-pound final of the Greco-Roman World Championships.

Ziziashvilly’s previous best performance was fourth spot five years ago. Slovakia’s Atilla Batly won the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Norway’s Fritz Aanes.

Hungary’s Mihaly Deak-Bardos lost in the final for the third straight year, beaten 3-1 by Russia’s Khassan Baroev in the 264 1/2-pound class. Baroev, a world junior champion in 2000, ousted Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner of the United States in Friday’s opening knockout round. Kazhakstan’s Georgiy Tsurtsumia finished third.

In the 145 1/2-pound final, Georgia’s Manuchar Kvirkelia beat Ukraine’s Armen Vardanyan 4-2 in overtime. The bronze winner was Hungary’s Levente Furedi.

Poland’s Dariusz Jablonski took the gold in the 121-pound final against South Korea’s Im Dae-Wong. Cuba’s Lazaro Rivas won the bronze.

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